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Bay Area Youth to Play For Tel Sabres

Family September 24, by Jonathan Harris

Avi Rosenblum football all four years at High School.

Avi Rosenblum both sides. On offense, he and catches. On defense, he tackles and pain. He is 6’2, 210 lbs, and with tattoos. He is a 20 year old American man and the grandson of an orthodox who survived the Holocaust.

Starting month, Avi is the newest member of the Tel Aviv / Jaffa Sabres, of the Israel Football League and a which went 12-0 in the season and won the Israel Bowl VI.

before he dons pads and foot on the field at the highest of American football played in Avi Rosenblum is already a champion, competed twice in baseball at the JCC Games and, in 2010, inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame of Northern

Avi Rosenblum was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of California in 2010.

Avi’s journey started in El Texas, where he was born to American parents and adopted at the age of 12 by East Bay residents Debby and Rom Rosenblum, who worked in sports Growing up in the Bay Area, Avi came to with and embraced the dual of his situation.

“I’m a black Jew and with everything that along with it,” he today. When asked to he explains, “People are surprised they’re expecting to meet Avi and it’s me. Sometimes when I go to a function, people look at me or ask, ‘Do you know is a Jewish function?’ Yeah, I do; Jewish.

Avi in earlier years at Tawonga with his father, Rom and mother, Debby Graudenz.

Rom and met in Israel in 1969 when were part of the Young program and about the age Avi is now. were in the Israeli armed during the Yom Kippur War and, one after that conflict, in became founding members of Ketura, which still and thrives on the site of an old army in the Arava Rift valley, 50 north of Eilat and, Rom purposely within Israel’s border. Today, Kibbutz is home to the Arava Institute for Studies, a graduate school brings Jewish and Arab together from all over the to study environmental sustainability and challenges cooperatively.

Although they brought Avi up in and Albany, Rom and Debby spoke to him in during his early years. have always kept a home, frequently attend and currently are members of Netivot in Berkeley, which Rom describes as an conservative synagogue.” Avi speaks and expansively about his upbringing as a Jew and his affiliation as “laid-back conservative.”

Avi Bar Mitzvah.

About football, Avi is hardly laid back. played all four years at High on both offense and and for the past two seasons at the community level, Avi has distinguished himself as an player who harbors a burning to play at an ever higher

During a business trip to this past summer, Rom ran into an old childhood friend who to mention that the son of a mutual was playing in the Israel Football That day, Rom emailed Avi the contact info of the player in who responded at once and suggested Avi a highlight tape to the head of the Sabres.

Soon, Avi found himself on the with the coach and, a long conversation about for changing the Sabres offense, was to join the team. Thus, one after Avi learned of the existence of the Football League, he finds on the roster of its premier, championship where he will play transplanted Americans such as and Israelis of both Jewish and heritage.

The Israelis play for the of the game; it’s not a salaried Debby says. But I am so excited for and so thrilled that he’s in

Since Avi visited Israel at 12, he has to return. Like his parents, he a deep connection to the country, its and culture.

“I’ve always to go back to Israel,” he says. was already thinking about a year off and studying there, so this opportunity came up, it was

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His mother’s brother, “Uncle whom Avi describes as “black hat lives there and, as it has an adopted son from Brazil, Avi calls “the Israeli of me.”

As for Rom Rosenblum, who was at first reticent about his son’s from baseball, he says, wish has come true for He has grown into what I he would be, a strong Jewish I hope Israel sticks, he Aliyah, marries a nice girl and gives us a lot of Jewish

At minimum, Rom believes this in Avi’s life will his relationship with Judaism and him useful knowledge of the business of He cites the powerful effect in the JCC Maccabi games had on Avi and posits perhaps Avi will make a of working for that organization or one a similar mission. The JCCSF’s Lewis, who headed the San Francisco to the JCC Maccabi Games in the years Avi baseball, echoes Rom’s and credits Avi’s participation in the for opening his eyes to the truly scope of Jewish athletic

Between the Jewish Hall of induction and his connection with Bay Jewish camps, our family with Bechol Lashon, the JCC Games, our shul and his schools all pulling for him — Avi is really the kid, Rom says. ‘It’s

Equally effective at offense and Avi went on to play for Laney in Oakland and Merced City

However, not surprisingly, Avi has his eye on a shot at the It so happens the Israel Football is sponsored in large part by Kraft, owner of the three-time champion New England Patriots. Avi the Kraft connection will him get that shot and he calls for on the example set by former San Francisco Taylor Mays, who currently for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mays is the son of an father and a Jewish mother and was into the Southern California Sports Hall of fame in

And there are many others. Avi that black/Jewish athletes are He considers Nicole Meisner, a medalist in track at the Detroit games, to be his soul mate.

The football coach at El Cerrito School, a friend and mentor, has an American father and Jewish Another friend with a background coined the term which he’s been to describe himself since he was 7 or 8 old.

So when the Tel Aviv/ Sabres open their season on November 30 against the Black Swarm, look for a offense and a Blewish guy in the lineup. He also be on defense. Avi Rosenblum with heart, and very on both sides.

Jonathan lives in San Francisco with his three daughters, an old dog, and a cat.

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